Foodservice pork product champion named

Retail and catering butcher Owen Taylor & Sons has taken the top prize at the Bpex Foodservice Pork Product of the Year awards 2013.

The company’s Fruity Pork Ribeye, produced from collar of locally sourced pork, was voted as unanimous winner of the competition, having already been awarded gold and given first place in the Fresh Pork Category.

Speaking at the final at Butchers’ Hall on Friday (12 April), Owen Taylor & Sons managing director Richard Taylor said: “We couldn’t be more delighted! To get a gold award is great; to make it to the final and have our product named as the sector’s finest is just fantastic.

“We pride ourselves on the provenance of our meat and work closely with select local farmers to source the very best pork. Keeping food miles – and in turn the carbon footprint and stress to the animals – low is important to us and our customers, particularly as diners become increasingly aware of where their food comes from.

“The Pork Ribeye is a great product and delivers real succulence – something that our chefs rave about. It comes with a top-secret fruit marinade that gives it an extra tang and really compliments the high-quality pork.”

Richard told Meat Trades Journal that he first had the idea for the product during a Q Guild trip to Belgium, and that the win would help the company promote the steak to its foodservice customers, which include pubs, hotels and restaurants across the East Midlands.

Bpex foodservice manager Tony Goodger said this year’s competition had the highest standard of entries for some time, with all finalists receiving 99% or 100% for their products, but the ribeye was a stand-out product that delivered on all the judging criteria.

“It is great to see a pork steak presented this way,” he told

“Steak is such as popular product eaten out of the home, but it has generally been dominated by beef steaks. Lamb steaks have emerged over the last few years, but there hasn’t really been a good pork steak on menus other than perhaps pork loin, which of course as a country we are not self-sufficient in.

“We are self-sufficient in pork collar, so adapting a muscle such as that, which is slightly underused in the foodservice market, and adding value and presenting it in that format really makes it a worthwhile winner.”

Meanwhile, retail butcher Vaughans Family Butchers was celebrating after being placed second in the Fresh Pork Cut and Best Innovative Pork Product categories and first in the Pork Ready Meal category.

Commenting on the shop’s success, owner Steve Vaughan said: “I think it is down to hard work, using the right pork and the right ingredients, and listening to what your peers are saying. We are just a small butcher’s shop which does a little bit and tries hard. We are here with big companies and we have done the best apart from winning the overall prize, so we are really pleased.”

The Bpex Pork Product of the Year competition is now in its seventh year and rewards innovation and excellence of quality-assured pork and pork products. The winners and finalists in each of the six categories are listed below:

Category 1: Fresh Pork Cut
Winner:    Owen Taylor & Sons – Owen Taylor Fruity Pork Ribeye
2nd place:    Vaughans Family Butchers – Pork Fillet with Pickled Walnut Stuffing
3rd place:    Nigel Fredericks – Belly Wrapped Larded Pork Loin with Cider & Herb Stuffing

Category 2: Pork Ready Meal
Winner:    Vaughans Family Butchers – Pork Stroganoff
2nd place:    3663 – Slow Cooked British Pork Belly with Apricot & Thyme
3rd place:    York House Meat Productions – Stout & Brown Sugar Pork Shoulder Joint

Category 3: Best Cold Eating Product
Winner:    Oliver James Foods – Pork, Apple & Cider Terrine
2nd place:    York House Meat Productions – Chunky Ham Hock Terrine
3rd place:    The Real Pork Crackling Co – Golden Pork Crunch

Category 4: Pork Bakery Product
Winner:    Drewton’s – Sausage Roll
2nd place:    Nigel Fredericks – Pork & Pecan Lattice Pie
3rd place:    Andrew Jones Pies – The Pork Pie
Category 5: Best Cured Product
Winner:    Taste Tradition – Guanciale
2nd place:    C&K Meats – Green Beer Bacon Steak
3rd place:    The Franconian Sausage Co – Salami

Category 6: Best Innovative Pork Product
Winner:    Onefive Foods – Haggis Pakora
2nd place:    Vaughans Family Butchers – Bacon & Bubble
3rd place:    Aubrey Allen – Studded Pork Cutlet


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